How does recycling help in reducing pollution?
Almost everything we do, every product we consume, and every place we travel, pollutes the environment in some way. Driving pollutes the air, dumping waste in landfills pollutes the air and soil, and producing food with fertilizers and pesticides contaminates groundwater and nearby bodies of water.
Recycling is among the most basic methods of reducing pollution. The process of transforming waste resources into new materials and commodities is known as recycling. It is the third component in the waste hierarchy of 'Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle' and plays a significant role in environmental remediation.
1. Reduction in total pollution levels
Recycling steel reduces 97% of mining waste produced during the production of virgin resources, as well as 86% and 76% of air and water pollution, respectively. Using recovered glass also reduces mining waste by 80% and air pollution by 20%.
2. It safeguards ecosystems
Recycling lowers the need for additional products to be grown, harvested, and extracted from the ground. As a result, the harmful disruption and damage to the natural environment is reduced.
It implies fewer trees will be cut down, fewer wild creatures will be killed or displaced, rivers will not be diverted, and as a result, soil, water, and air pollution will be reduced. Furthermore, if more plastics are recycled, fewer of them will end up in the oceans.
3. It saves energy
Making items from recycled materials uses less energy than making them from raw materials. Less pollution results from the significant difference in energy. For example, generating new aluminium from recycled materials, such as cans and foil consumes 95% less energy than making it from scratch.
In the case of steel, the figure is 70%. Saving energy involves putting less strain on the power system, which means emitting less carbon at the power plant as a result of pulling too much electricity.
4. It reduces the need for additional raw resources
Recycling, as previously said, minimizes the need to grow, harvest, and remove raw resources, from the earth for further products. As a result, if more is recycled, the raw materials from which these products are generated will be untouchable for a long time.
This is what a decrease in the need for more raw resources means. When these raw commodities, such as forests, are raided, the vulnerable people who live nearby suffer as well, not to mention the corresponding river systems.
5. It is superior to waste collection
Landfills may be able to accommodate a large amount of waste that has been discarded there. They may also be able to eliminate more waste than a recycling firm, while recycling waste. However, recycling denotes the creation of a new product from the waste of another.
Landfills might take a long time before they help a product disintegrate. Simultaneously, they will permit leaching, which will taint or pollute bodies of water. It also causes the formation of toxic gases, like as methane, which pollutes the air. All of this can be avoided if you choose to recycle.
6. It protects natural resources
The goal of reducing pollution is to protect natural resources. Recycling is a fantastic tool for creating new products, while reducing pollution and conserving natural resources. Recycling paper and wood, for example, protects trees and forests.
Recycling plastic means producing less new plastic, which is good for the environment, especially since plastics are made from hydrocarbons, which harm the environment greatly. Recycling metals may also reduce the need for dangerous, expensive, and environmentally destructive, mining and extraction of new metal ores.
How can we assist?
Netsol Water provides a wide range of modern solutions to protect our environment, including solid waste management, wastewater treatment, sewage treatment, and many more. In addition, we advise our clients on how to limit plastic pollution and waste disposal into the oceans.